In February of 2012, during a long break from the All-New Series and after the final release of the Flashback sets, Topps released the first ever Garbage Pail Kids magnet set measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches that came 4 magnet cards to a pack.  Each pack cost $3.99 (SRP) and came without twin cards -- only the 'a'
names for the four re-released images.  The novelty set was art directed by Jeff Zapata and later oversaw by Colin Walton who handled the packaging and magnet changes during the post-ponement of release. The main concept and final artwork artist for the set was Mark Pingitore, completing 12 of the 16 images. John Pound completed the four re-released Original Series images that start out the set during the 80's.








16 CARD SET : 16 MAGENETS

BLUE BOX - 2 Variations
Target / Toys R Us (1-771-30-21-0) : Case Box (2-771-94-21-0)
Display Box (2-771-60-21-0)
Wal*Mart (1-771-30-20-0) : Case Box (2-771-94-20-0)


Box Artwork : John Pound


4 WRAPPERS - 2 Variations
Target / Toys R Us (0-771-89-21-0)
Wal*Mart (0-771-89-20-0)


Wrapper Artwork : John Pound


DIGITAL 2-PAGE DEALER SELL SHEETS
OCTOBER 2011 VERSION : FEBRUARY 2012 VERSION

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CARDBOARD CASE BOX (?)


NON-SPORT UPDATE
GPK Card Preview 2012 Article (Feb/Mar 2012; Vol 23, No.1)










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1
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The four characters to kickstart the set are all Original Series images completed by John Pound; the iconic images are found on the display material and packaging. Each pack comes with four magnets and 2 pieces of gummy candy; one Original Series character magnet can be found with three other new card images -- the wrapper image matches the magnet character found in the pack; the wrappers measure 5 x 7 inches.


2. The Wrapper Die-Cut shapes are different for all four wrappers, reminiscent, but not the same as the original series sticker die-cuts; a nice nostalgic throwback. It is also interesting to point out that this is the first Topps card release to have a suggested age range on a wrapper -- best suited for 'AGES 6+'. This actually makes me feel age-appropriate when purchasing the product, like when LEGO stopped putting for 'Ages 6-12' on their building sets.

3. Anyone with a sharp eye would spot the Artist's Initials on the toy block in the foreground of card 10 of 16 Phan TOM. The set is brought to you by the letters M and P, for Mark Pingitore.


4. Only the 'a' names for the re-released images are found within this set; the twelve new characters have only a single name, No Twin Names, similar to the All-New Series and Flashback bonus cards, which can be found with only one name for the ANS releases, or the 'a' name for the re-released images of the Flashback sets.

5.
Like the GPK GIANT 15 card series release of yesteryears, the Magnet Checklist can be found on the back of the wrapper.








ANNOTATED NAMES

Explanatory Notations and Definitions
of the GPK Names



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1
. The original Mock-Up Wrappers contained characters intended for an October 2011 release -- to be distributed in August of 2011 around the Halloween holiday season; an issue with the candy production arised and the set was placed on hold until February of 2012; thankfully, it wasn't shelved like so many other GPK ideas. The ADAM Bomb and Beasty BOYD (the
wrapper was changed to a dark blue background) characters were kept for the final wrapper artwork, but Nasty NICK (OS1) and Bony TONY (OS4) were replaced with the Potty SCOTTY and Ghastly ASHLEY characters. One would assume that Nasty NICK and Bony TONY would have been found on the tentative checklist for the initial set.



2. GPK artist Mark Pingitore sketched out several concept pieces that did not make it into the magnet set; including the following excellent ideas that were not considered: an Obama concept which would have been a great companion piece to OS2's 46a Rappin' RON and 46b RAY Gun, a concept of the Invisible Man's getup, a Rapunzel parody involving the character letting letting down her nose hair, a cowboy outlaw piece (with suggested name) and a gladiator concept (with suggested name).



3. Minus some very slight position changes, the Mock-Up Cards found on the dealer sell sheets are very close to their final magnet counterparts. The biggest changes being the disco ball light rays of STAN Alive and the smoke from Sun BERNIE are now on top of the GPK banner. NOAH Constricter's GPK banner has been changed to blue and all four name plates have been shortened.



4. Two sets of digital Dealer Sell Sheets were created for the original 2011 and 2012 releases (click the sell sheet above in the Product Overview section to see all four images). Two images, as stated further above were replaced and the candy images are quite different; with only a small amount of written material changed. The full toilet bowl image for Potty SCOTTY can be found on the final wrapper, only the plunger is slightly cut off from the mock-up sell sheet wrapper.






THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION





#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
CONCEPT
ORIGINAL SERIES
1
ADAM Bomb
John Pound
unknown
OS1 - 8a
2
Potty SCOTTY
John Pound
unknown
OS1 - 14a
3
Ghastly ASHLEY
John Pound
unknown
OS2 - 77a
4
Beasty BOYD
John Pound
unknown
OS9 - 355a
5
STAN Alive
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore / Glen Stone
new artwork
6
GARY Goyle
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
7
Not TOBEY
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore / Glen Stone
new artwork
8
TONY Starch
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
9
Breezy BETTY
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
10
Phan TOM
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
11
Sun BERNIE
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
12
DAWN Pour
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore / Glen Stone
new artwork
13
Topiary TERRI
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
14
NOAH Constrictor
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
15
IV IVY
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
16
Curious KATE
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
new artwork
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
CONCEPT
ORIGINAL SERIES

16 Total Cards = 16 Magnets